Monday, August 29, 2016

Musing Mondays (60) How My Blogging Has Changed Since Way Back In 2013

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My musings for the week...

15790873Random weekly question from August 22nd: Name a favorite book you’d take to the beach...

When I think of a book I would take to the beach, my first thought would be to pick something short, light, and fun—or even delve into a longer fantasy novel. However, there is one book in particular—because I haven’t read it in a long time—and that’s This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.

Other Musings...

Usually, for Musing Mondays I talk about something book related, and today's post will still be associated with that and the blog. Specifically, I want to talk about how I’ve changed my method of blogging.  Hang tight, folks, this is going to be long...

When I first started blogging with my co-blogger in 2013, the majority of the posts on Our Thoughts Precisely were reviews or promotional posts. We didn’t participate in any weekly memes or book tags, and we certainly didn’t do interviews. We were new at it and the blog was a work in progress.

For a time, that method worked out pretty well. It was fun. But then, that sort of changed as the first year of blogging turned into a second and then a third. I wanted to do more, and that was a problem. There was only so much I could read in a year, and at the time I was disappointed with what I was reading. I found myself in reading slumps that lasted for weeks. And for long stretches, I couldn’t find the motivation to continue.

Since then, I’ve found a better way to maintain the blog. I’ve read more genres and found some true nonfiction gems. I participate in memes—Musing Mondays and The Friday 56. I took the pressure off myself, and no longer wanted to try and post something—no matter how short—every day of the week. And I no longer try to finish every book. I used to do that, even with ones that I just wasn’t enjoying. I just sort of let that go, and let me tell, it’s so much better that way.

One major thing that changed was the amount of reviews. No longer are they the majority. I limit it to a minimum of three to four in a month, basically once a week—sometimes more—which makes it easier to post regularly. Plus, I made a very loose plan for the week. Usually, posts go up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Some weeks I’ll even throw something up on Saturday or Sunday. However, I usually like to keep my weekends reserved for other things—Splatoon I’m looking at you—and unless there’s a rare blog tour, release day blitz, or weekend tidbits that needs to go up, I rarely post on those days.

I still don’t keep a set reading goal for the year. Back in January, I did mention books I was looking forward to, but that was just a few and they were mainly sequels. I left room for other books to just catch my interest. I’ve had a monumental amount of fun with backlist titles, and I have read some fantastic debuts like The Reader by Traci Chee. Just don’t expect the review too soon, since I’m going to post it closer to the release date. However, just know that The Reader was a fantastic and complex story, and I want the sequel now.

So yeah, that’s how my blogging has changed. Looking back, 2013 seems like such a long time ago. I appreciate the readers that stop by the blog and the thoughtful comments. And, I have finally left the design of the blog alone. Who knew it would only take changing the header and color scheme a handful of times?

Do you blog? If so, how has it changed for you?


  1. Thanks. This was just what I needed to hear. I have been worrying about losing my followers on because I have gone back to school and my time is (happily) eaten up by grading and lesson plans. Your blog encouraged me. (Obviously I'm a newbie to the blogging world, have been posting inly since March of this year. Thanks again.

    1. I've learned a lot since 2013, and I've accepted the fact that I can't do it all. I think that finding a method of blogging that works for you is definitely important. I'm glad this post helped you. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  2. I started blogging in 2008, after I had published some books I'd written. My publishing consultant recommended blogging as a way to spotlight my books.

    For the first year, I didn't do much else with the blog, and then I discovered the blogging community, book reviewing on the blog, and memes, at which time, I went a little crazy and created LOTS of blogs, bringing the number to 20 at one point. Why? I liked creating and designing was fun.

    Obviously, I cut back on them and now have only six. A lot more than some have, but just right for me. Each has a slightly different focus, but books are at the center of them all.

    Thanks for sharing your journey...and here's MY MUSING MONDAYS POST

    1. Creating blogs can be a lot of fun. I know I enjoyed tweaking the look of Our Thoughts Precisely until I got it to a point I was happy with. Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  3. Breana, I think we all need to find that balance. As I went back to work, I couldn't keep up with all the blogs I was managing. Gosh, I can't even tell you the last time I actually worked on my middle grade novel, never mind manage and contribute to over half a dozen blogs.

    I've also cut way back on reviews. I got burnt out. For the most part, I don't read to someone else's schedule. I create my own and I enjoy it much better.

    Thanks for sharing how things have changed for you. I always love dropping in. I appreciate your loyal readership at The Book Connection.

    1. Finding what works best for you is important. I think that also applies to reading. Thanks for stopping by! :-)


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